First I’ll tell you a bit about the non-romance, then we’ll take a peek at the sexy heat of another suspense thriller, and lastly part one of the three story fantasy world set.
A few months ago, Midnight Frost Books, a new company in Western Canada, held a pitch session for their non-romance line. It got me thinking about those old stories, and how much fun they were to write. So, I pulled one out and had a look. The first one out of the folder was Defector, so I submitted the pitch, and they liked it. Enough to contract it once they’d read it. Edits went smooth, the cover is bloody wonderful, and to my great shock, 12 hours after it was released this week, it made the OmniLit/ARe best-seller shelf. As I write this, it is currently sitting at #25 overall in that category–and I am sitting here in absolute shock. But yes, I am also thrilled and smiling.
Andrew Dahle is a career spook, with no messy emotional ties to complicate his life. He’s worked with the best, and despite himself, he’s about to discover that he’s got friends he really didn’t know he wanted.
A straight-forward operation to grab a defector before he can leave the country with a top secret project goes wildly awry, and forces Andrew to choose between saving the life of a colleague’s son or nailing his target. To his great surprise, he saves the young man’s life, and wakes up in a hospital.
Grateful, Richard MacAvoy, a retired agent with his own elite contacts and players, steps in when Dahle is injured saving his son. Desperate to complete his mission, Andrew reluctantly accepts the help MacAvoy offers, and in the process just might learn that alone isn’t always the best way to work, and friends might be worth the vulnerability he’s always shunned.
RETRIBUTION: Silent Death
Genre: Contemporary Action/Thriller
Adam Walker is one of the Company’s best field agents, a highly trained, well-honed killing machine when that’s what’s needed. But, he’s also a man of many secrets, and one of them is that he’s a ninja, one of Japan’s mythical death warriors. When another of Adam’s secrets, his lover Kiku, is killed, he turns to the one person he trusts, fellow agent Shainna Barton. While Shainna covers for him on a mission, Adam metes out his revenge, and discovers that his friendship with Shainna has a much deeper meaning that either of them ever realized…
TRIAD OF POWER: First QuestFrom the Publisher
Book One of Three: During the time before the Great Forbidding was created, it was believed the defiance of the Renegades could be contained. To that end, the Council of Power called upon their Ancient Gods for assistance. In response, the Gods ordered creation of the Triad of Power–three swords, each one imbued with the essence of a gift unique to those who would wield the weapons as the Guardians of Foress. Like all magic, each crafted blade contained the driving sorcery of its creator–not all wizards are immune to the weaknesses of men, and within the Triad, conflict itself was bred without conscious intent or knowledge. So begins the legend, and the epic fantasy of the TRIAD OF POWER.
During the time before the Great Forbidding was created, it was believed the defiance of the Renegades could be contained. To that end, the Council of Power called upon their Ancient Gods for assistance. In response, the Gods ordered creation of the Triad of Power–three swords, each one imbued with the essence of a gift unique to those who would wield the weapons as the Guardians of Foress. Like all magic, each crafted blade contained the driving sorcery of its creator–not all wizards are immune to the weaknesses of men, and within the Triad, conflict itself was bred without conscious intent or knowledge.
With the acumen of the Gods in their possession, the Council of Power assembled. Weapons were entrusted to the warriors who had been chosen to serve them. The most powerful of the wizards, a son of Karman, God of Foresight, was the creator of Diviner—this was the sword that guided the spell-masters who created the Forbidding, and is perhaps the most formidable of the Triad. The second weapon was Huntor, imbued with the fierce fury of the Goddess of War and the Forest God, M’Har. The hand that controls this blade is one of the cold, calculated warrior. The final component in the set was Predator. Given the power of its creator, a master wizard devoted to Shadin, God of Deceptions, this sword was and remains the most unpredictable of the grouping. In the wrong hands, it can be traitorous, for it seeks an opportunity to corrupt its owner, and only a man of true honor can wield the blade and retain his humanity and integrity.
For eons, the Forbidding has held back the evil that once threatened to destroy Foress, but the last of the Gods to dwell in the earthly realm, has been given a dream. M’Har had been warned, a weakening exists within the magical prison. The time has come to re-unite the Triad, and recharge the sorcery that holds the world in balance. To this end, he has entrusted his daughter, Sherindal, to find the last of Karman’s bloodline, and the sword Diviner. Predator resides already in the proper hands–those of Prince Rienn of Ember City–who also carries the blood of Gods in his veins though he does not know it.
The bloodlines have grown weak over the ages, and magic has become myth. Yet, within a special few, the courage and strength to revive the old sorcery still exists, if they are able to control the past to forge the future.